Whether by sea or land, there is fun to be had in Iowa.
1. Iowa Great Lakes
The Iowa Great Lakes is a group of six glacier-carved lakes that are ideal for boating, waterskiing, jet-skiing and swimming, as well as popular fishing destinations. The cities of Milford, Okoboji and Spirit Lake provide easy access to these popular vacation destinations in northwestern Iowa.
2. Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
Open 365 days a year, Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens offers guests free admission and guided tours. Over 300 community volunteers maintain the 52-acre site, with highlights such as a Rose Garden, English Garden, Japanese Garden and the Packard Pavilion.
3. Field of Dreams Movie Site
Transformed from a cornfield into a baseball diamond, the Field of Dreams attraction in Dyersville was built in 1989 for the movie of the same name. Summer/fall visiting hours at the site are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Field of Dreams is scheduled to host a Major League Baseball game in August 2021.
4. Pikes Peak State Park
Named for explorer Zebulon Pike, Pikes Peak State Park is located near McGregor and highlighted by a 500-foot bluff that overlooks the Mississippi River. Visitors also enjoy a beautiful view of bridges connecting Iowa and Wisconsin. The park offers mountain biking trails, campgrounds and 11.5 miles of hiking trails.
5. Maquoketa Caves State Park
Located in Jackson County, Maquoketa Caves State Park boasts more caves than any other state park in Iowa. A 6-mile trail system links the caves, and the most popular destinations include Dancehall Cave, Hernando’s Hideaway and Shinbone Cave. A modern interpretive center is located at the park’s entrance.